ENMU softball split in shutouts

Freedom Newspapers

GOODWELL, Okla. — Runs were at a premium in Tuesday’s non-conference softball doubleheader between Eastern New Mexico and Oklahoma Panhandle State.
The Zias scored a two-out run in the third inning and held on for a 1-0 win in the nightcap after the host Lady Aggies posted a 1-0 win in the opener.
The games were makeups of a rainout earlier this month.
ENMU (11-32), which finishes its season with Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheaders Friday and Saturday at Texas A&M-Kingsville, had lost 17 of 18 before pulling out the nightcap behind a seven-hit shutout by senior Lauren King (4-12). She walked one and struck out a season-high nine.
The Zias, who had 11 hits in the nightcap, scored on a single by Stacy Gonzales and a triple by Kyleigh Harris. Eastern left the bases loaded in the first, fourth and seventh innings.
Panhandle (21-37) loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, but ENMU catcher Liz Navarro picked up an attempted squeeze bunt, stepped on the plate for a forceout and threw to first to complete an inning-ending double play.
In the seventh, with runners at second and third and one out, Navarro pounced on a nubber in front of the plate and threw to first for the out. King then completed her second shutout of the season with a strikeout.
In the opener, the Lady Aggies scored in the first off Zias freshman Ashley Maier (2-3), who didn’t walk or strike out anybody in a complete-game three-hitter.
The Zias also had three hits, including two by senior first baseman Maegan Rhoten. Rhoten led off the seventh with a single and Harris reached when Panhandle misplayed her sacrifice bunt for an error.
A sacrifice by Cindy Hess moved the runners into scoring position. But Navarro grounded out and Rhoten was thrown out at home trying to score for a game-ending double play.